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King Sweeney, Hempstead Town Board Announce Establishment of Compliance Officer Post

Applications Being Accepted for New Town Position

 

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town Board are lauding the Town of Hempstead Civil Service Commission for their unanimous creation of the position of Town Compliance Officer. Councilwoman King Sweeney proposed the legislation for an oversight position as part of the Town’s ethics reform initiative last year and the legislation was passed by the Town Board in December, 2017.

 

“I commend the Commission for taking these positive, good-government steps to ensure ethics reform and transparency in the Town of Hempstead,” said King Sweeney. “This initiative is a step in the right direction toward ensuring transparency, openness and a strong vetting process for the review of town contracts and agreements.”

 

The new Compliance Officer will review all town contracts, and procurements for the purpose of identifying and preventing conflicts of interest, work and/or corruption involving contracts and procurements. This position will provide greater oversight over compliance with procurement guidelines and legal requirements.

 

“I look forward to the Commission beginning the process of screening qualified candidates for this important position,” stated Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

For details about the position please visit https://toh.li/employment-services/compliance-officer-position. The position is full-time and subject to meeting job specifications established by the governing body of the Town.

 

“It is important to have an independent voice to recommend policies to promote greater efficiency and operations in town government,” added Councilman Anthony D’Esposito.

 

“I am proud to have led the way to restore trust and confidence in government,” concluded King Sweeney. “I look forward to ensuring that we continue to act in the best interest of our residents.”

 

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King Sweeney Named Fellow With LIU Global Institute

LI’s Leading Forum for World and Regional Leaders to Join Together

 

Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney has been selected as a Fellow with the Global Institute at Long Island University (LIU) and will be a co-chair for two events in May, which will both address global security. The Global Institute is Long Island’s premier platform for National Security and Global Leadership, and brings world leaders, thinkers and analysts to the LIU campus to connect them with regional leaders to promote dialogue of world events.

 

“I am honored to have been chosen as a Fellow with the Global Institute and I look forward to having insightful conversations with esteemed world leaders to affect critical thinking on a local level,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney. “I applaud Congressman Steve Israel, Chairman of the Global Institute at LIU, for his leadership in this unique forum and his commitment to bring significant dialogue to Long Island while educating students at one of Long Island’s leading Universities.”

 

The Bolla Global Fellows Program though the Global Institute at LIU will focus on developing leadership and global perspective among Long Island’s leaders. The program emphasizes the need for Long Island’s leaders to be aware of global issues and trends. The Fellows learn about leadership skills, strategies and expectations through sessions designed to inform and inspire.

 

As a Fellow, Councilwoman King Sweeney will participate in events through the Global Institute at LIU, including executive breakfasts and conference calls with international leaders, a leadership seminar and select trips. “As a Hempstead Town Councilwoman, I am committed to bipartisanship in order to represent my diverse district and provide the best possible services to residents,” added King Sweeney. “This Fellowship follows the same principles that I strive for by facilitating bipartisan and cross-regional cooperation with Republicans and Democrats alike, as well as Nassau and Suffolk County representatives.”

 

Councilwoman King Sweeney will co-chair two events in May alongside Councilman Mark Cuthbertson, a Huntington Town Councilman. The first event on May 10th will feature a conference call on Global Cryptocurrency with Dr. Garrick Hilemann, one of the world’s leading cryptocurrency experts at the University of Cambridge and London School of Economics. The next event on May 14th is an Executive Breakfast on Global Threat Assessment with Congressman Adam Schiff, Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee.

 

“I am eager to participate in both events, and I’m thankful to Congressman Israel for the extraordinary opportunity to partake in a global conversation which will greatly benefit Hempstead Town and Long Island,” concluded King Sweeney. “It is important for leaders to come together and work collectively while including students who will be our leaders of tomorrow.”

 

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Hempstead Town Has A Heart For Highway Workers

highway department AEDsCouncilwoman Erin King Sweeney was joined by Town of Hempstead Highway Department Commissioner Thomas Toscano and Medical Director Dave Neubert at the Franklin Square Highway Yard as she announced that automated external defibrillators (AEDS) would now be placed at the three Town of Hempstead Highway yards to help protect those employees.

 

These highway department AEDs are part of 50 AEDs that were part of a partnership with St. Francis Hospital and Mercy Medical Center to provide protection at facilities across the township. The defibrillators – valued at $1,500 per device – were secured through a state contract by the hospitals so there was no cost to the town.

 

“Defibrillators are often utilized by police, fire and other emergency personnel due to their proven ability to save lives,” stated Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney. “Our highway workers are hard at work during extreme temperatures and needed to be considered as well.”

 

According to the American Heart Association, there are more than 350,000 reported cardiac arrest cases per year in the United States, and only 10 percent of those victims survive. In instances where a victim is immediately administered CPR and defibrillation, their chances of survival are doubled. What’s more, for every minute that a victim is in cardiac arrest without help, their survival odds are decreased by 10 percent.

 

In addition to the Franklin Square Highway Yard, the Highways Yards in Roosevelt and Inwood will also each be equipped with a life-saving AED. Other AEDs are located in Town parks, senior centers, Camp ANCHOR, marinas, Town Hall and more.

 

“In the event of a cardiac emergency, time can make the difference between life and death and AEDs allow bystanders to respond and intervene quickly,” noted Supervisor Laura Gillen. “The Town has been adding AEDs to locations throughout Hempstead and we are proud that these three new devices at our highway yards will help keep residents and workers safe.”

 

“We sincerely hope that we never have to use any of these lifesaving devices, but our employees and neighbors can rest assured that they will be close by in the event of an emergency,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

Town personnel receive specialized training on the proper use of the defibrillators. Highway department personnel will be trained in-house by a retired paramedic who serves as the Town’s training director/coordinator. However, the devices also come with step-by-step instructions, so in the event of an extreme emergency, anyone can quickly learn the steps to help someone in cardiac arrest. What’s more, the devices – produced by Cardiac Science Corporation – include bilingual (Spanish/English) instructions, making them accessible to a broad population across the town. In 2016, town employees were able to save the life of a fellow coworker by performing CPR and using a defibrillator located nearby. Unfortunately, in 2013 before the Town had defibrillators available, a Highway employee did not survive a cardiac event at the Franklin Square Highway yard.

 

“The Hempstead Town Board is committed to keeping our employees safe, as well as our residents and we believe that these AEDs being located at our local highway yards will help us achieve that goal,” concluded King Sweeney. “We never again want to experience another tragedy like the one experienced at the Franklin Square Highway Yard in 2013.”

 

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King Sweeney, Town Board Members Condemn Nassau County’s Million-Dollar Little League Fee Hike

Members of the Hempstead Town Board condemned the decision by Nassau County to abandon its long-standing policy of waiving usage fees for little league organizations, calling the move a massive and unaffordable fee hike on that will decimate Little Leagues and cause participation to fall due to increased costs on league families.

 

“Nassau County’s decision to unilaterally impose over a million dollars in fees on little leagues is an affront to hard working taxpayers across Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead. Little leagues are at the very essence of community cohesion all across our nation. They bring families and neighbors together and provide young kids the opportunity to compete and make lifelong friendships – while being kept active in a healthy activity and away from drugs,” stated Councilwoman King Sweeney.

 

As reported in Newsday, the decision by the County administration, pursuant to a memorandum from the administration justifying the suspension of all fee waivers for ballfield usage as a way to help solve the County’s fiscal crisis, would represent approximately one million dollars in fees that will charged to little leagues. As of March 1st, the Seaford Little League received a bill for $16,000 from the Nassau County Department of Parks, Recreation and Museums.

 

“The idea that Nassau County thinks it can solve its financial problems on the backs of hardworking men and women who volunteer their time to run little leagues is the height of absurdity,” stated Councilman Bruce Blakeman. “What the County is doing here is passing its financial problems on to the little leagues, who will have no choice but to pass those costs on to their membership,” said Councilman Edward Ambrosino. Councilman Dennis Dunne added, “This will mean fewer kids on the teams and leagues taking their operations elsewhere.”

 

The imposition of these mandatory fees would add to the burden on Nassau County taxpayers, already widely reported as paying the highest taxes and fees in the nation. Indeed, these fees were imposed unilaterally and without any warning or input from league officials. Town Board members also questioned the impact of this policy on children in underprivileged communities at a time when the opioid crisis has reached new heights.

 

“As a former NYPD Detective, I know firsthand the importance of providing activities for our youth as a way to stay off the streets, away from drugs, and build their future. Undercutting our little leagues in this way will only make our streets less safe in Nassau County,” stated Councilman Anthony D’Esposito. “The solution here is not for Nassau County to pass the buck on to league families. I join with my colleagues on condemning this outrageous plan,” said Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin. “We call upon the County Executive to do the right thing and rescind this ill-conceived policy. Our kids deserve to have the opportunity to play baseball and softball that’s affordable for all the people of Nassau County,” added Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

The Councilmembers further noted that Hempstead Town continues to be a little league-friendly township, welcoming league organizations from across the municipality to play in Town parks while waiving most fees for their use of fields, lighting and equipment.

 

“The Town of Hempstead will not stand idly by while Nassau County decimates our community little leagues with this latest short-sighted money grab. If the County Executive does not act to stand behind these leagues, we will,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney.

 

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Hempstead Town Pulls the Plug on Unlicensed Plumbers Working Off Others’ Licenses

Hempstead Town Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and members of the Town Board  announced that they would be proposing new legislation that would dissuade master plumbers from sharing their licenses with those who have not gone through the Town’s vigorous testing process. Councilwoman King Sweeney was joined at the announcement by Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, Councilman Ed Ambrosino and Councilman Dennis Dunne as well as Town of Hempstead Building Department Commissioner John Rottkamp, Art Gipson, business agent of Local 200 Plumbers Union, along with members of Local 200, and Joseph Cornetta, Long Island Chapter President of the Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors Association and members of the PHCC.

 

“Just as you wouldn’t go to a doctor who doesn’t have his or her medical license, you shouldn’t use a plumber who doesn’t have a valid plumbing license,” said Councilwoman King Sweeney. “They may have a general idea of what they are doing but they can do shoddy work without fear of losing their license. Our proposal will prevent this by imposing severe repercussions on master plumbers who share their licenses.”

 

The new legislation would penalize the master plumber who signs off on plumbing work they have not completed. The Town has become aware of situations where a plumber who is not licensed with the Town of Hempstead, or who does not work for a plumber who is, would have a licensed master plumber put their name on a permit. The master plumber would then meet the Town’s plumbing inspector at the site as though they completed the work. Under this new legislation, a master plumber who helps perpetrate this type of fraud would now be subject to license suspension or revocation by the building commissioner. This suspension or revocation would be after a hearing of the Plumbers Examining Board, where the board determines the charges are legitimate. In addition to the license suspension or revocation, the building commissioner may also impose civil penalties of at least $3,000 per offense.

 

“By creating this legislation, we are now taking away the financial incentive of a master plumber to share their license and instead making it a real risk,” said Senior Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby.

 

In order to receive a master plumbers license in the Town of Hempstead, the applicant must pass a test which they are only eligible to take after they have worked under a licensed plumber for at least seven years. The test is comprised of three parts, including a practical portion, in which members of the plumbers examining board watch them complete certain tasks.

 

Plumbers who are not licensed may not have the same abilities as those who are licensed and have been tested. In addition, they may use inferior materials, are not insured and may take shortcuts to get the job done.

 

“We want to be sure that if a plumber is doing work on your home, they know what they are doing,” said Councilman Dennis Dunne.

 

“Additionally, if an unlicensed plumber gets hurt on your property or does damage to your property while working, you as the homeowner may be liable because they do not have the proper insurance coverage,” noted Councilman Ambrosino.

 

There are currently 760 licensed plumbers in the Town of Hempstead who meet all the criteria set by Town Code.

 

“Professions requiring a license include teachers, doctors, lawyers, nurses and also plumbers. Under no circumstance is it acceptable to lend a license regardless of profession. As the plumber protects the health of the Nation we should all thank Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the Town of Hempstead for taking these safety measures,” said Art Gipson, Business Agent for Plumber’s Local Union #200.

 

“The Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island and plumber’s unions are united with Councilwoman King Sweeny to fix this problem of unscrupulous contractors and plumbers who have been “lending out” their licenses to unqualified, underqualified or improperly licensed individuals, putting homeowners, property owners, and commercial buildings at risk. This proposed bill is a very important step toward resolving this issue, here in the Town of Hempstead. We believe that, once passed, it will be the model and the standard that will be adopted by towns and villages across Nassau and Suffolk counties,” said Joseph Cornetta, President, Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors of Long Island.

 

Councilwoman King Sweeney announced that on March 6th the board would call the hearing to consider this new legislation on April 10th.

 

“This is truly a public safety issue,” concluded Councilwoman King Sweeney. “We have safety regulations in place for plumbers for a reason and we want to be sure our residents are protected by these guidelines. This legislation will do that.”

 

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New Project to Protect Oceanfront Bird Sanctuaries

‘Home Sweet Home’ for Birds at the Beach: Murray Partners with NY Audubon Society & Local Students for Project to Protect Oceanfront Bird Sanctuaries

 

The birds could almost be heard chirping “Home Sweet Home” in Lido Beach today, as Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilwoman Erin King Sweeney and the New York Audubon Society saluted 14 local elementary school students for their efforts to protect the oceanfront bird sanctuaries that inhabit the township’s beaches that were damaged by Superstorm Sandy only two and half years ago.

 

By protecting their endangered friends, these students from Drexel Avenue Elementary School in Westbury are helping Hempstead Town continue ongoing work to rebuild the Sandy-battered shoreline by protecting their endangered feathered friends. The students are winners of the New York Audubon Society’s “Be a Good Egg” poster contest, where the youngsters crafted creative signs to bring awareness to visitors to share the beach with migratory and beach-nesting bird species.

 

“Preserving the nesting areas for our beach-dwelling birds is crucial for their species to survive and thrive,” Murray said. “Thank you to these wonderful students and the people at Audubon New York for helping us protect our feathered friends, and help them find their way to ‘Home Sweet Home’ here at our beautiful beaches.”

 

“New York’s beaches provide enjoyment for millions of people and offer critical breeding habitat for shorebirds,” said Erin Crotty, Executive Director of Audubon New York. “There is no better place to make a difference for the many endangered and threatened birds that rely on our shores during nesting season than on Long Island’s beaches. We’re honored to be working with the Town of Hempstead and our conservation heroes at the Drexel Avenue Elementary School to launch the Be A Good Egg campaign at a critical time in these birds’ life cycles.”

 

Their posters, which were on display at today’s event, will be posted at Town of Hempstead beaches along dunes and other bird habitat areas.

 

“I’m proud of these kids for dedicating their time and talents to protect the precious bird habitats along our shoreline,” King Sweeney said. “Thank you to our students and the New York Audubon Society for this wonderful initiative that benefits our beachside communities.”

 

The beaches of Hempstead Town, and across New York and New Jersey are key nesting sites for species of concern, including the Common Tern, Black Skimmer, Piping Plovers, Least Terns and American Oystercatchers. Predators, extreme weather conditions and human disturbance pose serious threats to these birds.

 

The New York Audubon Society has also scheduled several community outreach programs that focus on this “share the beach” effort. These educational events, open to the public, are scheduled for Lido Beach Town Park (May 24th and May 25th), Point Lookout Town Park (May 25th and July 12th) and Jones Beach State Park (July 4th and July 11th).

 

This Audubon project is supported by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. For more information, visit ny.audubon.org.

 

“Thanks to the New York Audubon Society for coordinating this wonderful contest, and to the students and staff at Drexel Avenue Elementary School for their hard work,” Murray said. “Their prominently displayed artwork will certainly help spread awareness and educate the public on the importance of preserving our oceanfront bird habitats.”

 

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